Lots of things happening!
SEPTEMBER’S ALMOST HERE—AND SO IS OUR NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL!Our new and improved Sunday School BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 13 AT 10:00 AM. Please bring the kiddoes (age 4-10) over to the Parish House a few minutes before worship, and make it a life-giving, formative habit for your young’uns! And, for kids under the age of 4, our Nursery will be open and staffed each week. Have parent friends who might like to try it out? Ask them to join you and see for themselves!
GREAT NEWS! WE’VE HIRED A NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR! And she’s a ringer! WE WELCOME SARA PIAZZA, popular island musician and teacher, to our staff, beginning in September. (ANYONE WHO CAN HELP DEFRAY THE NEW, UNANTICIPATED BUDGET COST FOR THE NEW HIRE WOULD BE AN ANGEL BY HELPING US OUT WITH THAT! Please make any checks payable to St Andrew’s Church and write “Sunday School” in the memo line.)
ISLAND-WIDE YOUTH GROUP STARTS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13! Now beginning its second year, The Net, an ecumenical, Christian faith-based youth group, will start on Sunday, September 13 and will meet weekly from 5:30 until 7:00 pm. Open to middle- and high-school students, this year promises to be even better than the last, with mission and ski trips, outreach and service trips and programs, and even pizza and bowling, among the planned activities! Know any middle or high school students looking for a cool gang to hang with and have some fun? Let them know! THE NET WILL MEET AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER, and then at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury (December through February), and finish at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Oak Bluffs (March through May).
SAVE THE DATE! SEPTEMBER 20, 2015! That’s the date that Lia Kahler, internationally renowned mezzo-soprano opera singer and Island resident, will be performing a fundraiser concert at the Whaling Church to help raise critically-needed funds for two important causes: The Island Clergy Association’s Emergency Fund for the Homeless, and for Island Veterans. In addition to the smashing concert, there will be a Silent Auction. Stay tuned for further details over the summer, but do save the date!
GOD IS REVEALED IN SCRIPTURE—and you can experience incredible grace by joining us Tuesday mornings for our 8:22 am Bible Study! Go ahead—give it a try—it’s painless and joyful! We’re over in the Parish House.
WHAT ARE EPISCOPAL CHURCHES ALL ABOUT? From the Episcopal Church USA website: “We recognize with gratitude that the Five Marks of Mission, developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990, have won wide acceptance among Anglicans, and have given parishes and dioceses around the world a practical and memorable ‘checklist’ for mission activities”:
The Five Marks of Mission
The Mission of the Church Is the Mission of Christ
† To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
† To teach, baptize and nurture new believers;
† To respond to human need by loving service;
† To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation; and
† To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
“The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.”
Wardens: Bonnie Deitz and Chris White
Treasurer: Wesley Brown
Parish Clerk: Sandy Mott
Members at Large:
Claudia Metell, Pam Monterosso, Caroline Evans, Susan Weibel, Hans von Steiger and Carl Malmquist